Steven Page, 37, lead singer of Toronto's Barenaked Ladies, has been arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after New York State police allegedly found him with cocaine and marijuana.

According to police reports, Page was arrested at an apartment in Syracuse, N.Y., just after 2 a.m. on July 11. Media reports picked up on the report yesterday. Page was released on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday (July 17).

The arrest couldn't come at a worse time for the band, which is in the midst of promoting its first album for children, "Snacktime." The band is scheduled to make several upcoming appearances to promote the album, including the Disney Music Block Party Tour.

Page has been active politically as a supporter of Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party, and has been an opponent of American-style copyright reform, leading the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, a small but vocal group of around 100 musicians and bands.

A conviction on the drug charge could limit Page's ability to enter the U.S. But Terry McBride, who manages the band for Nettwerk Management, discounted any concerns.

"There will be no conviction as he is not guilty," McBride said in an e-mail, adding that he couldn't comment further, "because the matter is before the courts, but we are confident that our client Steven will be completely exonerated. Until that time its business as usual for BNL."